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Fantasy Football Week 11: Sleepers Capable of Providing Lineup Boost

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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2013

Fantasy football owners are juggling a lot of issues at this stage of the season. Between injuries, the remaining bye weeks and players who simply aren't living up to expectations, decisions are getting tougher amid a playoff race.

One thing that can make the path to victory simpler to navigate is hitting on the right sleepers. They can provide a much-needed boost to a lineup and fill a void that's been holding a team back, which is key with the margin for error quickly fading away.

With that in mind, let's check out a trio of sleepers worth targeting for Week 11 who could also serve as valuable depth moving forward.


Mark Ingram (RB, New Orleans Saints)

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The best thing about Ingram's performance against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night wasn't the 145 yards he posted or the 21 fantasy points he scored. It was the rejuvenated running style he showed, which has rarely been seen since his days at Alabama.

He was running with a purpose, breaking off some huge gains and seemed very engaged in the game. That, more than his high score, is reason to believe he's ready to take on a bigger role in the Saints offense and become a fantasy asset down the stretch.

With no other New Orleans back establishing himself on the ground, Ingram should get an opportunity to build off his strong Week 10 showing. A repeat performance against a tougher San Francisco 49ers defense isn't a fair expectation, but 70 yards and a touchdown is within reason.


Jarrett Boykin (WR, Green Bay Packers)

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Boykin flew onto the fantasy radar with a 16-point breakout performance in Week 7. He was an intriguing option as an emerging player in a high-powered offense. It seemed like losing Aaron Rodgers to a collarbone injury was going to sap that value, though.

Instead, he put together a very good game with eight catches for 112 yards while catching passes from Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien. It was an encouraging sign for his value because it showed he can still produce starter-level fantasy numbers without Rodgers.

Next up, the Packers face the New York Giants in a game with some shootout potential. Boykin should be heavily involved in the passing game once again, giving him No. 3 wide receiver or flex value, as he should top double-digit scoring again.


Tim Wright (TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

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Wright might have fallen out of favor with some fantasy owners after totaling just 19 yards last week. In the previous two weeks, however, he scored a total of 21 points, which is very good production at a weak fantasy position overall.

He's going to have some ups and downs because his value is tied closely to red-zone targets. That said, he's carved out a niche for himself within the offense and should continue to get a lot of looks when Tampa Bay is inside the 20.

In Week 11, the Bucs face off with the struggling Atlanta Falcons, who have given up at least 27 points in three straight weeks and rank 25th against the pass. Expect Wright to get back in the end zone and help desperate fantasy teams in the process.


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